Poll: Californians Divided on ACA, Rate Regulation Ballot Initiative
Californians remain split in their views of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California, the Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert" reports (Cadelago, "Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 9/23).
The poll, conducted between Sept. 8 and Sept. 15, included responses from 1,702 California adults, including 1,321 registered voters and 916 likely voters (Nichols, U-T San Diego, 9/23).
According to the poll, 42% of respondents viewed the ACA favorably -- down slightly from May. Meanwhile, 46% of respondents had an unfavorable view of the law.
Opposition to the law was particularly high among Republicans, with 80% viewing the ACA unfavorably.
The poll also found that:
- 20% of respondents said they had been harmed by the law, including more than half of whom said it resulted in higher costs and 20% who said it made obtaining health coverage more difficult; and
- 20% of respondents said they had been helped by the law, of whom 31% said it allowed them or a family member to receive or retain health coverage.
Support for Prop. 45
According to the poll, about 48% of respondents supported Proposition 45 -- which would give the state insurance commissioner more authority to reject health insurance rate increases.
Meanwhile, 38% of respondents opposed Prop. 45 and 14% said they were undecided ("Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 9/23).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.